The people who build Jaguars are announcing a retro build electric version of their E type.
This is the car most of us drooled over in the mid-60s to early 70s.
It has been called "the most beautiful car in the world".
It is long, low, sleek, and... very curvy.
Lots of cars way back when were curvatious.
But this one was also... sexy??
Now, you can attribute this adjective to human beings mostly.
Not, animals, plants or insects.
A lot of today's models are rather amoeba-like or even reptilian. Some have returned to sharp angles:
I think Jaguar hit it out of the ballpark because it resembled the human form: muscular, curved bodywork. Not much makeup, just great form.
(autos are more like our four-footed beasts, in fact, horses especially. Citroen's early 2-cylinder was called a 'two horses' model. Don't cars have 'tail - lights'? -- 'horsepower"?)
Well, in the early Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci had decided that the human form contained the most perfect geometry possible:
It followed that Renaissance architects concluded that the perfectly symmetrical temples of the Greeks and Romans had, in fact, human attributes.
The column, for example, had a foot, body, and head. The Italians termed the front views of their buildings "facciata", which literally means face, or facade.
Columns acted like upright human figures holding up the roofs of buildings.
Modern architecture pretty much did away with anthropomorphic allusions. The original idea was to take advantage of the productive ability of machines to quickly rebuild world war ravaged buildings and cities. Of course this idea was embraced by developers as buildings could be produced and erected quicker at less cost. And so after many years of generally abstract and plain construction of our built environment, there was a reaction.
That reaction was called Post Modernism, and it devolved into computerized digitally produced 'mockeries' of everything else that has come before:
The project above is an office/apartment building built in Prague. It is called 'the dancing house'. It was inspired by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. ah well...
So...YOU make your opinion on all of this.
Do you like Jaguars or the Deconstructivist design above?? Or do you prefer buildings that are symmetrical like the human body and have forms and curves that are directly related? Even Palladio graced this completely symmetrical villa with statues of humans... see the two elliptical eyes in the pediment? Previous blog describes this famous villa.
by Florida Luxury Home Architect John Henry https://www.dreamhomedesignusa.com/